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Introducing SparkPeople 'Friend Feed' Enhancements


Good morning, SparkPeople!

We've been hard at work revamping some of your favorite SparkPeople features to make them more fun and useful. Today we are happy to announce an update to your Friend Feed.
Posted 2/12/2014  11:00:00 AM By: Nicole Nichols : 52 comments   8,244 views
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I Get By With a Little Help from My Friends


A couple of months ago, I wrote about popularity--and why it matters less than it once did. It sparked some interesting discussion worth following up on. The quality of friendships matters more than the quantity of friends, I wrote then. Today, let's talk about what matters most in choosing friends. And parents, listen up: This matters as much to you as it does your kids.

My dear friend and colleague, Dr. Catherine Bagwell, and I spent two years writing our book, Friendships in Childhood and Adolescence.  The overarching question we encountered: What is the significance of friendship? We learned it is one of those questions to which everyone immediately answers, "there is a lot of significance in friendship," but answering with substance takes more effort (as our editor pointed out).

So what is the significance in friendship? And how can you both choose good friends and be one yourself? That, my friends and readers, is what we're discussing today.
Posted 10/11/2012  6:00:00 PM By: SparkPeople Guest Blogger : 9 comments   8,155 views
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Do You Ever Feel Like You Donít Belong?


I used to think that the grade school and high school years were the worst times for feeling like I didn’t belong.  There were the “cool” kids and the “not-so-cool” kids, and fitting in was so important to me and my young friends.    I look back now and shake my head at some of the things I did and said in order to feel like I was part of the group.  Even though we all grow up and (most of us) mature, we still feel a need to belong.  You might not have the need to feel cool or popular like you did when you were 12 years old, but no one wants to feel like an outsider. 
 
In my adult years, I’ve struggled with feeling like an outsider from time to time.   I raise my kids a little different than how I was raised or how many of my friends are choosing to parent.  I have dreams of moving to a farm, growing my own food and homeschooling my kids.  I want a simple life for me and my family, which isn’t always understood by those around me.  For a long time I thought that moving somewhere different and totally changing my life was the only way I was going to find true happiness.  I’m slowly realizing that I can create the life I want for myself no matter where I live or what I do.  If people consider me an outsider because I don’t do things the way they do, that’s okay.  I’d rather be friends with those who are willing to accept my differences and be my friend anyway, whether they agree with me or not.
Posted 4/13/2012  6:00:00 AM By: Jen Mueller : 105 comments   46,399 views
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